|Right Food for the Season - Late Fall|
|Written by Michelle Collins|
Fall in New England is beautiful for many reasons – the foliage, the crisp, cool weather, and of course, the food. As soon as autumn hits, I crave nothing but pumpkins and apples, in any variation imaginable. To really get in the fall spirit this year, I visited five local farms and farmers’ markets to taste what apple and/or pumpkin creations they’ve concocted this year. And believe me when I tell you, my findings were nothing less of impressive.
Cider Doughnuts, $0.50 each
10 Pleasant Street, Lexington
Waiting in line for a freshly made, warm doughnut on a rainy day is totally worth it – as long as you’re waiting for Wilson Farm’s cider doughnuts. These cake-like, airy delicacies have a slightly crunchy, sweet exterior and a soft, warm interior bursting with juicy apple flavor. The only downside: You could end up eating five or six of them. Easily.
Pumpkin Cheesecake, $2.99
2225 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Pemberton Farms knows how to make a mean cheesecake. Packed with fresh pumpkin and spicy nutmeg flavors, Pemberton’s fall concoction of the popular dessert is nothing short of decadent. The graham cracker crust is also noteworthy, as it was slightly moist without being soggy, and provided the perfect flavor companion to the cheesy, creamy pumpkin.
Apple Cider, $1.25
Cook’s Valley Farm
2200 West Street, Wrentham
Cook’s Valley Farm sells cider made and bottled at Carlson Orchards in Harvard, and it’s clear why they do. Carlson Orchard’s cider is probably the most flavorful this diner has ever tasted. You’d think the folks at Carlson’s had just squeezed the apple cider into the bottle seconds before you took your first sip. The end result is an insanely fresh, tart, and traditional apple cider that will blow your taste buds away.
Oatmeal Pumpkin Cookies, $1.69 (for three)
259 Linebrook Road, Ipswich
Oatmeal cookies will never be the same again. For the autumn, Marini Farm has added pumpkin to their chewy and soft oatmeal cookies, packed with raisins and chocolate chips. Despite the sweet additions, these cookies were perfectly spiced with nutmeg and cinnamon flavors, and not overly sweet. You get three in a pack, but you better buy two – the three disappear quite quickly.
Pumpkin Sunflower Seed Scone, $2.15
Fornax – Roslindale Farmers’ Market
Adams Park, Roslindale
The least sugar-y of the bunch, Fornax’s Pumpkin Sunflower Seed Scones are thick, wonderfully dense (while still holding the airiness of a proper scone), and not over-filled with the crunchy, salty sunflower seeds. The seeds helped to cancel out some of the sweetness from the pumpkin, although the pumpkin flavor itself was hardly noticeable. Warm these scones in the microwave, and pat with a smear of butter for the ultimate eating experience.